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Grateful Dead Live at Berkeley Community Theater on 1985-03-13


Topics Live concert


Jack Straw-> Althea, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Friend Of The Devil, Minglewood Blues*, Deal* The Music Never Stopped-> Franklin's Tower-> Estimated Prophet-> Spoonful*-> Drums**-> Ollin Arrageed**-> Women Are Smarter*-> Black Peter*-> Good Lovin', E: Brokedown Palace


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Berkeley Community Theater
Location Berkeley, CA

Source Master Soundboard Cassette > DAT > CDR

Notes

Master Soundboard Cassette > DAT > CDR; via raul; Seeded to etree by steve barbella

Reviews

Reviewer: morethanonce - - June 8, 2014
Subject: good show
I liked this alot
Reviewer: swampRatchild - - February 21, 2012
Subject: a+
I would have loved to been at this one.sounds good.
Reviewer: corby112 - - July 21, 2010
Subject: Another high energy show from '85!
The final show of this four night run gets of to a blistering start with a rip roaring Jack Straw featuring some lighting leads from Garcia. Decent harmonies throughout. What a great start! Jerry slows things down a bit with Althea. His vocal performance is pretty brutal here with craggy vocals and lots of lyric flubs but his playing is still very enthusiastic. Bob's cowboy duo of Mama Tried>Mexicali is often a throw away but this version is hoe with some slick soloing and some nice accompaniment by Brent, especially during Mexicali. It also features an extended jam that pumps the energy backup after the lackluster Althea. Jerry slows things down yet again with Friend of the Devil but unlike Althea this is sweetly played with respectable vocals Brent does some nice work and Bob even takes a short solo before Jerry rips out a great one. Minglewood is next and it takes Jerry a minute to join in but when he dos the pace picks up. There is some nice jamming including a short call and response between Jerry and Matthew Kelly on harp. Again, Brent's presence is felt wit a great solo. Deal is a high energy set closer with amazing soloing by Garcia. Kelly's harp however seems out of place.

The high energy continues through most of the second set with great versions of some classics. The Music>Franklin's that opens the set features some great group improvisation and soloing by Garcia. The transition is seamless but Jerry flubs some of the lyrics in Franklin's. The jams are extended and this duo is not to be missed. Estimated is next and it is he highlight of the show. Bobby sings with passion and both jams are incredible. Jerry delivers a scorching wah wah solo and the end jam is very soulful before segueing into the bluesy Spoonful. Drums is interesting because it features Hamza El Din yet the post Space jam is a bit uninspired. It seems like they ran out of gas and the remaining tunes are average at best. The Brokedown Palace encore is a sweet finish to a mostly great show.
Reviewer: Darrylizer - - November 21, 2007
Subject: Nice and comfortable show
A sweet and lyrical show with Jerry doing some jazzy improvs. Very nice, laid back and well played show. Everybody is on the same page. The only thing I can complain about are the weird and oftimes distracting effects put on the vocals, especially Bobby's, other than that the sound is clear, though Phil could be louder. Just crank up the bass and everything is fine. This is one of the better '85 shows I've found thus far. I saw them in '84 but skipped 85 and 86 so I'm trying to fill in the gaps.
Reviewer: patkelley - - July 24, 2006
Subject: who the fuck can hear this??
I have a $3000 steroe system and I can really hear any of this show
Reviewer: KeLnTh - - July 24, 2006
Subject: Rockin' little show
The boys were certainly on tonight. Everything is tight and some interesting tempos to boot.
Reviewer: hawkeye75 - - June 6, 2006
Subject: wow
Great set, sound and show. The playing is so amazing it will blow your hair back! Bobby is in full voice and jerry never misses a beat. This is a must, have a listen and enjoy!
Reviewer: methylman - - April 21, 2006
Subject: Nice show/ sound quality unexciting
This 'board has none of the dynamics that bring the music to life. Phil's bass seems to stay at the same level throughout, with no bass bombs. Its probably due to the cassette recording.
Reviewer: VegetableMan - - February 28, 2006
Subject: Pretty amazing.
Great show. I don't know if there's problems with the audio at times or if its just the typical BS that goes along with streaming, but either way it doesn't matter too much. Just got done listening to it, the band stays strong the whole way through. Take some time to listen.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - - November 15, 2005
Subject: Really great stuff
I am on Estimated right now which is drippy and nice - Set II opening with Music? Ollin Arrageed in 1985 (last ever), Matt Kelly? - I am sold.
Reviewer: Alabaster Brown - - May 26, 2005
Subject: harmonica
That's Matt Kelly on harp.
Reviewer: jerrygarciahead - - May 25, 2005
Subject: Harmonica?
Who's playing it during the first set? I love how it sounds, especially during Minglewood.
Very great show. 2nd set is an anomoly. It's like the first set wasn't long enough so they kept it going in that style. Music, Franklins, Estimated, Spoonfull is just wierd.
Reviewer: VTRas - - February 20, 2005
Subject: fandamntabulous!!
handle with care...this is freakin hot!! my speakers melted. Jonathan Aizen you are the man, bless you my brother.
Reviewer: captain_trip_420 - - February 14, 2005
Subject: Music > Franklin's > Estimated > Spoonful
I think that explains it.
Reviewer: GlamDunk - - May 18, 2004
Subject: Grossman:
This show is smoking!
That poppy, clavvy Brent is all over this stuff..
March of '85 at the BCT..
That smells like a good recipe.
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